Childs wants to move to other side of council table

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Retired town manager seeking seat on Amherst council

Former Amherst town manager Ed Childs is running for a seat on Amherst town council.

AMHERST - Amherst's former town manager has announced he will be seeking a seat on the other side of the council table.

Ed Childs, who was the town's top administrator between 1998 and 2005, announced Monday he will seek a seat on Amherst town council when voters go to the polls Oct. 20.

Childs said he's running on a single platform - lower taxes for residential and business ratepayers.

"I want to reduce the amount people pay in taxes, and the best way to do that is to get control of the town's expenditures," he said. "How I propose we do that is by reviewing all budgeted expenditures and deciding if, and how, each expense will benefit our citizens."

Childs, who lives on Lamy Street and is a chartered accountant with a diploma in municipal administration, said an example of putting his theory into practice concerns the repurposing of the former Dominion Public Building as the new town hall.

"A theatre is a much better use for that building than the town hall, but there also are other good uses that would bring new traffic downtown and should have been considered. That's just common sense. It makes me wonder what the final cost to taxpayers will be for the total renovation project, including the old Bank of Montreal building," he said.

He wants to bring back the Positively Amherst marketing campaign and make the town an attractive place to live by providing new residents with information and assistance on finding vital services such as a family doctor, health-care services and contractors.

Childs said the town has to focus on expenditures that benefit residents as well as businesses throughout the town, including the downtown business district.

He said the town has spent tax dollars beautifying the downtown area with good results, but it needs to get economic development working again to bring new jobs to town.

"How we do that is to bring back the can-do attitude we had a few years ago and start approaching businesses and industries about setting up shop in Amherst," Childs said.

As town manager, Childs said he and staff successfully recruited employers such as Weston Foods, Gordon's Foodservices, Staples, Maritime Pride Eggs, Wal-Mart, the Atlantic Superstore and Kent Building Supplies. He said that work resulted in the creation of 300 full-time jobs.

Childs said he believes strongly in Amherst and wants to create a plan for the future that will bring prosperity to our town.

"Amherst needs to get moving forward and growing again and I have the commitment and experience to help make it happen," Childs said.

dcole@amherstdaily.com

 

 

Organizations: Amherst town council, Bank of Montreal, Weston Foods Gordon's Wal-Mart

Geographic location: AMHERST, Lamy Street

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  • cathy fisher
    September 11, 2012 - 19:00

    I have worked several times with Ed and asked for his advice. He has always helped me when needed. Hope the best for you and thank you unfortunately I can not vote for you. Cathy Fisher

  • Fuzzy Bear
    September 11, 2012 - 12:58

    Well said Jack! We all know Ed's feelings on the windmill project based on the letters they wrote the NS govenrtment opposing future development of additional towers. I hope he is truly honest with his reason for running being lower taxes to assist the residents of Amherst and not just creating chaos in council for a personal gain! That is something we will have to seriously consider when we go to the polls.

  • sueb
    September 11, 2012 - 08:06

    Seriously, you think the theatre is a better use for the old dominion building?! And who do you propose pay for the renovations and maintenance of this massive building for the theatre? The town? Certainly, you're aware that no small, amateur theatre could afford to pay the power bill for this building let alone properly preserve this significant part of our architectural history. If the town's going to have to pay for this building the least that taxpayers can expect is it would be used for the town hall rather than pandering to one special interest group. It seems odd a chartered accountant with a diploma in municipal administration wouldn't realize the impossibility of any theatre ever being able to maintain this building without tons of government funding.

  • Jack On The Rocks
    September 11, 2012 - 05:49

    Childs wants in for ONE reason....Oppose all future windmill projects,cause as much turbulence as possible...He did it as Town Manager,might as well give it a shot as council..

  • Amherst NB
    September 10, 2012 - 22:26

    Hey Ed, don't fluff up your resume by saying you brought Wal-mart to town. It's a town killer! You won't get my vote!

  • lower taxes
    September 10, 2012 - 19:25

    I am pleased to finally hear that we have someone running on the platform of lower taxes. The town has gotten addicted to the candy (our tax dollars). This addiction is causing the town to regress rather than prosper. Property owners can move to the county and save thousands....yes ......thousands in taxes. Their has been a steady migration from the town to the county, and this bleeding will slowly destroy the town. If residents aren't prepared to live in the town, why would businesses prepare to invest. I hope Mr. Childs platform is developed. Cutting costs is necessary not only in administration, but more importantly in services as well. We are a small town, we need to find a cheaper way to deliver services, or we must reduce the services offered. As a home owner in Amherst I am prepared for these difficult decisions. Mr. Childs, get elected, and do what you are saying.